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are dashing to at the moment. the killing of osama bin laden is significant but the war is not over. we've all agreed on that and i won't talk about that. you asked in your letter how policy choices have affected the current dynamic. i would say that security is improving and politics are a mess. afghanistan does suffer from a weak government with much corruption. these problems are large, they are not unique to the area. however, our actions have made many of these problems worse. stride in public criticism was taken by many afghanistans as evidence that the u.s. was turning against karzai, since through ignorance, the u.s. has employed many corrupt warlords has contractors it has created the suspicious question why should i fire your crooks if you won't fire yours?
our goal of destroying al qaeda remaining important. but it is not clear to afghans what it means for our longer term policy toward afghanistan. when i was there, i heard the same point from karzai, from his opponents, afghans not even in politics saying what does the u.s. want? what does it intend? the result of this has both immediate and longer term consequences. for president karzai, i believe he has developed a strong suspicious that we are either against him, or we will leave before afghanistan has the strength to survive. he has intensified a survival strategy seeking to build a network of military and political supporters that will sustain him if we build out. he will tolerate poor performance. clearly many of the problems of poor governance in afghanistan are afghans problems.
however, i am emphasizing our own responsibility. because that is the piece of the issue in which we can work on and fix. i think we have not paid enough attention to it. four, afghans generally result in the pursuit of hedging strategies. i am on here. because my time is not -- you are going to tell me i'm out of time and my clock is not ticking. afghans are pursuing hedging strategies because of this confusion. many fear the return of the taliban either because of the withdraw or through a political deal. some nonpashtuns would fight. some are thinking about how to position themselves if the taliban returns and are even considering a civil war. i heard more talk about thinking about a civil war than i'd ever heard before. this hedging as much as corruption is getting in the way of resisting the insurgency. you asked what we need to
achieve. we need to clarify our long-term intentions to prevent the return of terrorism, we need to build afghan security forces capable of carrying on the level of fighting required as we pull out. the substantial that i am referring to is not impossible. but it does entire dynamic leaders, as well as support capacities that are only now being developed because we didn't choose to begin that until recently. this is a process of several years. difficult areas must be turned over to afghan lead and i think that process need to start. needs to start while u.s. forces are thinned out, the afghans need to be given some opportunity to lead even to fail before we simply are out the door. there is a big difference between some of us, obviously, although some of the difference between, for instance, myself and my very respected colleague dr. haass is about the speed at
which one tries to turnover. i think the question is an incredibly serious one. i think that we are behind what many people hoped would be the time schedule, but that we are right on the cusp of beginning to turnovers areas in the south within the next six to 12 months. if we cannot do that, then i think strategy is a failure. but rushing away just as we are getting to that point would also, i think, be a great mistake. the afghan central government must control it's more recapacious local leaders. this is very difficult to do after warfare. i think we are spending too much and some of our economic programs fueling a culture of dependency and corruption that does not them good since we cannot sustain it. having said that, i understand that afghans, not we, have to work out acceptable political constitutions. you asked about broader policy
considerations. two that i support are regional solution, and negotiation. but on the understanding that neither provides a fast way out. there exists a long and instructive history of negotiations to end such conflicts and every one of them took years while fighting continued to expect less in afghanistan is unrealistic. nor is it clear the taliban leadership seeks compromise. i believe that president karzai needs to know that he has solid u.s. backing to achieve a good agreement, not a fast one. i do not believe that separate parallel u.s. negotiations will do more than create confusion and counterbidding between different parties. i believe our role in negotiations can reassure other afghans their essential freedoms will be protected. something is destabilizing now. afghanistan had a long period of peace when it's neighbors essentially left it alone. we need to focus on recreating
this. understanding that such a situation requires that the neighbors realize that they cannot achieve their maximum desires. it is not clear to me that pakistan recognizing that. a regional solution that many speak about requires an afghan government capable of preserving internal order. if many afghan parties contend for power, they will draw in foreign support, leading to the rapid destruction of any neutrality agreement. let me just very briefly as i close note three point that is i've expanded on in my written testimony. i think that the effort in afghanistan is essential to our goals in pakistan. i do not think they can be treated as alternatives because of the way that pakistan looks upon afghanistan. if we are leaving pakistan security issues strategic analysis of pakistan -- of afghanistan is extraordinarily
different from whether we have commitment. so that i think it is increasingly important to approach pakistan with the linkage in mind. i think there is a grave dependence and danger of obsessive dependence on local security forces. i have lived with a number of those situations. there are some things that can work. most of them are abysmal failures. i don't think that alternative strategy, it depends on the resources if our approach to afghanistan is counterterrorism what we say to the afghan is all we bring you is endless years of slaughter. there's nothing in that approach which will produce afghan support for us in their policy. if we are not there at least in part to build the country,
there's nothing that attracting afghans. i understand the gravity of our deficit. however, i understand also as i believe you do that the united states does not have the luxury of pursuing only one interest at a time. i believe that in the effort to turn over to afghan forces, we can bring down our financial burden to an acceptable level. i also believe that the alternative is to grab at some patch work strategy that will cost us far more in the long run and i'm pleased to answer your questions. thank you very much for including me. >> well, thank you very much. all of you, you've really helped frame this debate appropriately, and it's an important one and there are just a huge number of questions that leap out of this. as i listen to you, i mean each of you make assertions that on their face if you just take the free standing sentence sounds reasonable. they need to work out this relationship with that, or they need to be able to have some
stability or prosperity or this or that. in the end, getting to each one is con as a rule luted or expensive. let my try to figure this out. ambassador neumann, you can't counterterrorism is not an alternative to a broader strategy. and you say that we can afford to do this over a long period of time. let me try to measure that against dr. haass' sort of proposal here and see if i can get the two of you maybe engaged in this. why is -- what is our basic goal? what's the strategic interest to the united states? what are we trying to protect here? what is in our national security
interest with respect to afghanistan per se? ambassador neumann? >> thank you, sir. i have very modest goals myself. having struggled with this problem. i think we need an afghan army that can carry on the level of fighting that is likely to go on for a long time in afghanistan. something we agree, we're not going to get peace quickly. i believe we need a government that has a modest amount of support so that it can hold us together. >> how much american support do you envision being there having to sustain the afghan army? >> i see us with a declining slope. i don't want to put myselfs in the shoes of general petraeus or military commander, i think that would be obsessive. i think over the next year, what one would hope to see in the south would be the transfer out whether to other places or out
of the president's decision of most of the combat brigades while those which are partners with the afghan army probably have to state, it's basically the model that we had in iraq. >> what sort of -- can you give me a ballpark figure. i'm not asking general petraeus, who won't be general petraeus in a little while over at the cia. talk about that, we are 150,000 now. >> i hate to put figures on it. i hate to think i know enough. over a three year slope the number probably should come down by more than half, perhaps considerably more than happen. i do not know how much additional trainers -- training forces one is going to have to retain. :
see more foreign fighters in the east that the linkages are much more fundamentalist as others coming in to the battlefield. if -- >> let me stop you there so it can get a response from the authors. basically all i am saying to you is i think first of all that separation is not correct. second, if you have a civil war going on in afghanistan, you will see the linkage intensified because talks katella dinallo -- tel dan will lead the reinforcement. you think the united states needs to be there to engage in a preventative civil war ie or engage in the civil war status? is that were that takes us? >> [inaudible] >> i disagree profoundly with what i just heard so let me make clear what i believe our u.s. policy needs to be and why. the goal should be to make sure that afghanistan is not a major platform of terrorist attacks
against the united states and the world. that is a role. our goal is not to let the afghan government or have a certain level of u.s. troops. it is the potential means of realizing that goal. i do not think we should do it with what i would call counterterrorism only but i do think that should be a more central part of our policy. it should be a degree of local capacity building. there should be a degree of local diplomacy. >> how is that distinguish from building police >> the question is one of balance and one of scale and emphasis. i think that we should have a counterterrorism policy that is the dominant one. we should try to build up local capacity but we should be realistic about what it is we are trying to build up. we are never going to accomplish some of the goals i have heard here and we should save money. if we can save $75 billion in year, which i believe is the
scale of savings we would get from the kind of policy and talking about, that is one-fourth of the fiscal savings everybody suggests we need on a slow but $300 billion a year. we would get 25% of what we need through this policy alone. it is an extraordinary bit of progress and i believe we can get it without affecting the prospects for what our goal is in afghanistan, which is to make sure that it's not a major platform for terrorist attacks against the united states. >> let me stop you there because i want to get dhaka in now as well. there is a clear difference and we need to explore it very carefully. dr. haas thinks it does say that again, preventing -- afghanistan being a platform for terrorism. you have said that our goal is a stable and prosperous
afghanistan. now a stable and prosperous afghanistan is somewhat nebulous, but does it really take that to protect the interest of the united states? >> i actually agree with richard the the ultimate goal, the reason we are there is absolutely to present a afghanistan from being a platform from tourists who can attack the united states. our difference is how you can accomplish that goal. i don't you can accomplish it without a political settlement that longer-term produces a measure of security, a measure of stability and self-reliance. the problem with the strategy richard articulated is that is the strategy we've tried. we did that for three to four years koppel, after we in the day to the to afghanistan, and the result was the taliban came surging back. we didn't want to be in afghanistan fighting the kind counterinsurgency strategy we are now what we proceed that
that strategy had failed. the issue now is precisely how we can prevent the taliban from taking over in such a way we are not going to people to negotiate with the taliban and have them not fight al qaeda unless we have a political settlement. >> we need to dig into this a little bit more and we will fly colleagues. my time is expired on this round. so senator lugar, and we will see where we wind up. >> the committee will be in recess until we can restore order. folks, this committee has a good tradition of exploring these issues in a very open and faeroe and unbiased way, and i respect, i think it through the nose this, everybody's right to the point of view and to make that known and you can choose your
form, but it would really be helpful if we could ask people to respect this process and to allow these proceedings to continue without manifestation, interruption from a demonstration or otherwise. i think every member, and i think people trying to explore these issues would respect and appreciate that. senator lugar? >> dr. haass, following through on senator kerry's questions, if i remember correctly, you recommended troop presence, u.s. troop presence kirker gradually diminished and 12 to 18 months, and you indicated this group which supports an anti-terrorism and afghanistan.
to wash out in my imagination currently our strategy apparently and our operations are very comprehensive and afghanistan is now a huge country but is a large one, very diverse situation. where would we place the ten or 25,000 or how would you concede the operations day-by-day? >> i would say three things. one is what i would do a lot less of just to be clear. it is combat operations against the taliban. i would dramatically reduce and phase out the plan mentioned. second in terms of anti-terrorism mission, that seems to me a tactical decision quite honestly, senator. you probably want to have some sort of to pool forces and then a distributor where you thought
you are most likely to face. when the intelligence suggested you were going to meet terrorists which again are quite a few in the numbers. the training mission and is a question of where it could be logistically best carried out with afghans either at bases or in the field some of the best training as you know doesn't take place on the bases but takes place actually outside on the field box, of koza this implementation decision and the big question is one of division of labor phasing out, operations limiting us to buy the we not just national forces. i will also believe the united states should be training selective forces. we shouldn't put all their eggs if you will in kabul to run the police and the army. >> it's conceivable that if we had people skilled in anti-terrorism on the ground so
the original thought of why we are in afghanistan may be because the attack came from afghanistan we would be helpful with good intelligence to bury all those who might be contemplating other attacks on us, i suppose. now second, it would be helpful obviously if the government and the military of afghanistan were fairly stable, but this is a limited training situation at that point of the few people, rather than a comprehensive 100, 200, 300,000 people which is mentioned presently. and when that is mentioned, of course, in our questions to the witnesses, they're rarely is the mention of who pays for all this and for how many years. those talking indefinitely in the future contemplates a huge budget which isn't part of the picture all because there is in
the local income situation but let me take to the taliban. if in fact taliban continue to be around come and as dr. slaughter said in a free or for your period of time going back and there were problems, this is certainly not satisfying to us who would like to see people in a space society without all of this the same time the history of the country has been one with others in which it hasn't been very peaceful and space. is it conceivable that the taliban are always going to be around? and as a result, our strategy is based upon a eradicating the country of the taliban that is far fetched in terms of imagination. if not the taliban, some other group that says we will provide order, justice, so forth, as opposed to what is the wing on
presently. and in the absence of the central government to get out and administer the situation isn't it likely there's going to be a great deal of local government around afghanistan for a long time? saw one of the interesting things about your strategy is given the fact that there's going to be very unsatisfying the governor situation we at least have boots on the ground to ferret out potential terrorists who might attack us or others in the world as a rationale for being there at all? absent that, it isn't clear altogether while we, are there all. in other words, we are not in of the other countries that have terrorists, al qaeda, al-shabaab , all the rest. somehow they get a free pass. we visit afghanistan in the total defense budget. initially your ideas are
appealing panamax am i understanding of this clearly running counter to where we have been heading in and in the budget debate that we are having presently. and even in your strategy of 28 knorr 12 for 18 months of getting their this is still going to be an expensive process, something moving people are getting some of the organization going. i would just add finally that our confidence in president karzai has its close unless we are really prepared to present an alternative you would be the president of the country, they will be a lot, they're physically has always been how we eradicate that is hardly clear at all and i think we really need to sharpen our objectives. this isn't an incentive system it is an exercise in the reality of afghanistan. the history of the place and what is possible in terms of our
own security. what do you say to all that, dr. slaughter? >> thank you, senator lugar. i would say the first thing is that richard and on and i think maybe ambassador neumann, at least richard and i agree that fighting the taliban is not why we, are there. the reason we are there is exactly to prevent terrorist attacks on the united states. the question is with the successful means for that. when we try the counterterrorism strategy we couldn't get the intelligence that we needed to be able to actually actively effectively attack al qaeda. we got osama bin laden because we got intelligence. we couldn't get the intelligence because taliban were terrifying the villagers said they can't give us that intelligence so we move from the kind of strategy that richard advocates to the full counterinsurgency strategy
where we will get the intelligence by clearing, holding and building and getting the confidence of the villagers. i do not think that can work over the long term. so the difference is i am advocating a political settlement that actually gets enough stability. this is not going to be some rosy vision of afghanistan, but enough civility so that in fact afghan forces have the incentive to fight the taliban themselves and we have, and this is credible, the ability to stay in the country and get the intelligence we need. so it is a strategy of how you remain in the country sufficient to get the intelligence you need to do what we both agree which is long term to ensure that al qaeda cannot come back and use afghanistan as a platform. >> in terms of its intelligence there is no evidence of intelligence that osama bin laden has any relationship to whether the taliban are fighting anybody and so forth and some
intelligence methods. my point is that if you have some people on the ground, maybe we already knew that there was an encampment of al qaeda that was about to attack us. but most of the writing about the period of time indicates we were not particularly diligent or on that track. books written about the subject indicate many administrations still believe that iraq was the problem and we hardly spend any time at all thinking about afghanistan at that time. i suppose my hope is that if we are talking about any troops being there the would be of a limited number and able to say there is a big camp going out there, don't need a great deal of intelligence to find it. it's got people in there that are bad actors and maybe we do something about that can't as opposed to every village in afghanistan. >> i was involved in the policy as you know after 9/11 and the
united states could get some more training and so forth. i'm not advocating a counterterrorism only strategy. there is a place for the limited degree of training but there's a fundamental difference if we expect to build up in afghanistan be it for training efforts, aid efforts, diplomatic efforts the of what is going to be robust and the major partner. it's not going to happen. and all intellectual honesty of the we have to assume if we adopt something like i am suggesting but even if we don't we're going to face a future in afghanistan with a conservative pashtuns in the south and the east are going to dominate and whether you technically called intimate and more conservative pasterns, that's what it's going to be like. and to me, the challenge for the american foreign policy is not to prevent that from happening. that is impossible to prevent. i would suggest given the nature of afghanistan. we ought to try to break the historical link between the television and groups like al
qaeda. and i believe that that is a link that can be broken. indeed, there's enough statements on the record from people in the telegram suggesting one should not equate the two. our military leadership has made such comments and that's the reason that i fever have been diplomacy. i do not think our long-term goal here as much as perhaps we would like it would be to create the sort of attractive afghanistan by all sorts of human rights and economics and other measures we but like to see. i simply think that is beyond our capacity. what we have to do is accept the fact that there's going to be the conservative pashtu in order monroe of the country and preventing that cannot be the basis of the american foreign policy in the country. even modest goals and afghanistan are ambitious, but ambitious goals in afghanistan i think are out of the question. >> that's the strong man, no one is arguing for some kind of perfect afghanistan that
respects human rights. we are seeing the same thing. use a diplomacy for the political settlement that would indeed negotiate with the taliban to pull them away from al qaeda to create a government that could actually governed with the taliban, with others, the pasterns, tajiks that we could decrease over footprint but still stay at least to the extent we need to to protect of interest. >> can i join as well? to things. first, dr. haass's notion which has always he expresses brilliantly is attractive, that there are elements of a maros. the notion of going down in 18 months to the levels of forces, it's taken us the better part of two years to get in place the adequacy of trainers we have now. from this notion that he can put it on a diamond with our large
forces is not true. if the numbers are grossly underpaid any kind of serious that is real effort. so this is a recipe for failure. you build a afghan forces, throw them out after two months without it pfizer's, without backup as green troops and watch them fall apart and then get to the problem of the policy as a failure. it makes no sense to me. second, there's a relationship between the negotiations and fighting. if the image that we convey with the afghans is that we are about to bailout, the army is going to fall apart because we are not backing it, the advisers are few, there's not a lot of incentive for anybody on the other side to negotiate seriously. so if you -- there's a difference between saying you will accept a pashtuns role -- what is the incentive for them to negotiate now? are the negotiating now?
no. is there any indication about him to negotiate? >> i would have to say that the top leader should level, i'm skeptical. you've heard that from all of us. but if part of what we are seeing is you want negotiations, then to say also that you will essentially move quickly away from the military i think polls against the notion you can have a successful negotiation. i'm dubious you can have it but that's part of your policy that recognizes as the former israeli prime minister said had to fight as there were no negotiations and negotiate is there a were no fighting. if you lose that i think you lose the ability. >> i think i need to recognize the largest pot on the table the question we have gotten to yet and there's a lot more to explore here and sort of focus on the mission. what if you had a sufficient force in terms of counterterrorism that also made
it clear the taliban will not take over the country? now if that is a stated capacity with much less engagement and involvement there's an incentive to negotiate and you haven't pulled the rug out from anybody. so we need to come back and think about other pieces how you might fit this. >> mr. chairman, thank you. i appreciate you arranging this hearing. this seems important hearing among many we have and i am grateful. it is repetition to get our points across i want to focus on the nature of this hearing in the sense we talk about an end game would be to focus on the description of an end game, and i use as a predicate to my question a visit that i had to iraq in the summer of 2007 at the time was about iraq obviously and was a dinner meeting, a small group of people
including general petraeus and ambassador crocker and now that they're both still engaged, maybe the question would be relevant again. but what i was complaining to both of them about as representatives of the bush administration is the way that then president bush described the in the game or the goal and sometimes his a administration. and i was complaining about it. i said win and lose as the wrong way to talk about it in large richmond, victory and defeat, the usual language that we use i thought was inappropriate and frankly misleading. that was my complete. the ambassador crocker of the time said that his -- the language he tended to use if not all the time most of the time as it relates to iraq was sustainable stability, to words. i think the american people need to hear from a lot more of us a basic description of what our goal is in afghanistan, not in a
page or volume, but literally in a sentence or two so we can focus on the goal. if we were sitting in the same meeting today in kabul or anywhere, you were sitting there and i asked you the same question, what's the best way to describe it, and what is the best outcome than you could articulate in a sentence or even the phrase, just ask to all free of our panelists? >> dr. haass? >> the sentence to use in my testimony was that in a stalemate, afghanistan turd caused by a weak central government, strong local officials and a television presence the extensive and much of the south and east. i would include in that a small u.s. presence, and that, to me, it doesn't sound that difference by the way we have now been a
fall delete a small u.s. footprint and my view is that is probably about as good as things will get and that is also good enough. >> you say that is achievable and acceptable? >> yes, sir. >> dr. slaughter? >> i said a secure, stable self-reliance, meaning much lower levels of the violence, stable meaning predictable and stable enough so you can actually invest some economic activity can regenerate and self-reliant where the afghans are taking the lion's share of responsibility for their safety. i think in terms of getting there we are not that far apart. it does mean over time, and i agree with ambassador neumann in terms of moving from training, from actively fighting to end fighting so we want to actually give these forces a chance, but a means a small where u.s. footprint, in my view it will also require an overarching political settlement in afghanistan and the larger regional agreement at the same time to actually get us there.
but the one sentence is secure, stable and self-reliance. as the mcginn bus neumann? >> i enjoy your comment because one of the problems we have right now is the united states to send a clear expression whether it is an expression any of us come up with we desperately need it not only for the american people clearly but your responsibility but we are not projecting to anyone in afghanistan the clarity of purpose right now. and that is enormously important and debilitating. i don't have perfect words in my head but i think that chairman kerry has put his hand durand kuran one key part that the taliban can't win, that isn't the same as stability, but knowing that we will persevere to that extent, whether it is
counterterrorism, other things, whether it's u.s. forest, there's a lot of issues in their but knowing the taliban cannot win is a central piece of pakistani thinking, afghan thinking about what they can or can't dig deep could count on and one of the things we need to get that. afghanistan has a chance to rebuild i'm dubious about using stability because it's hard to achieve for all the issues we disagree on akaka it's hard to get their. we have support to stability in that sense raising their hands. they can still messed this up with everything we are capable of doing. i would say taliban cannot win although tax when they can
re-enter the causing of sustainability that afghans can make their own decisions that isn't yet at the bumper sticker kind of level that one needs for the americans the afghans but those are the two key pieces. as you get into islamabad twice and plan to go back this year and obviously the world has changed so dramatically. and like a lot of members of congress and like americans a series of questions to ask as it relates to who knew what, when and the details of that. >> if you could sit down with pakistani leader's right now in light of what has happened over the last 40 hours of so, and media i will leave this is a question for the record as a time that if you could help us formulate some of those questions the would be helpful for those of a struggling but i
have to say when i was there in 08 and even more so in 2009 there was a sense of the end of the relationship and especially on intelligence sharing is getting better soil for from our people that is encouraging that at best maybe this is compounded what too optimistic that a very mixed record in light of what just happened a very poor record. so, if you could help us formulate those questions and the better articulate them, there would be great and i will put that in the record for questioning but think you. >> think all of you for your testimony. i think as it relates to what's happening today on the ground in afghanistan i think general petraeus and others have asked they be allowed to see through this fighting seat and then i think most people in this body are willing to let them go
through the fighting season in present and so i think we are not really talking about something eminent today but i ask this question, we had libya and other things on our mind to all three of you briefly. would you all agree that what we are doing in afghanistan is not a model for the future? i mean, i think it's a simple yes or no. islamic first, yes i agree it's not a model. second, if i had to do a fifth war, and i have been and four, i would like the dynamic effective leadership on our side. >> so this is not something we can do country after country after country. everybody agrees this is not a sustainable model, is that agreed? >> [inaudible] i do agree we cannot be engaged
in country after country with this degree of responsibility for both security and building the basic institutions. i do not think that is a model that works going forward. hot >> senator corker i would expect you think is yes as well at biggs the question why is the model for afghanistan? and i would simply suggest it should not be and cannot be for any longer. >> one of the things i'm not as much as an expert as you all are on relations i've learned it's easy to enter but difficult to leave the reasons for being in a place continue to ebal. but let me just ask so, we keep talking about safe havens and i'm confused even as to what a safe haven is. we saw recently where by the pakistan neighborhoods can be a safe haven. so what is it about afghanistan, especially to dr. slaughter and
mr. neumann that makes it more of a safe haven than the other places that we might consider having 100,000 troops. >> i think we have to go back to where we were before if the taliban either control and enormous part of afghanistan on the challenge or eventually to take over the government again, and effectively, you have the ability of al qaeda and other terrorist groups to move freely back-and-forth from pakistan if the pakistanis the more serious they get the move over to afghanistan. so, you know, we have to remember where we came from. and indeed, i don't think we would have been able to actually get osama bin laden had we not driven him out of where he was in the taliban, put in afghanistan, put him on the run. we finally drew intelligence from all over the place but we can't think of that leaving the that area alone and leaving
afghanistan possibly still open to a government that would be completely willing to host al qaeda and other terrorist networks isn't a threat to us that's where people are getting trained and attacks are getting mounted. we have to have a government in afghanistan that doesn't host al qaeda. >> i'm confused because i know you said i think we shouldn't fight the taliban. we aren't fighting the taliban. we basically are fighting criminality in afghanistan on the daily basis people are locking up in presence and most cases, not extremists, we visit one presence there are 13 or 1400 presidents or mabey eda the would-be capital to the taliban. most of what we're fighting as criminality and i hear you and dr. neumann saying to the very different things. i'm confused.
you say we shouldn't fight the taliban, and he says we should be fighting the taliban. it's very confusing to me with two of you are saying. >> so we fought the taliban initially because the taliban and afghanistan and they were -- the hosted al qaeda. >> the taliban today. >> that's right, taliban today have a major resurgence is once again and we are degrading and now but it was once again in the position to either rule a large part of afghanistan or take back over the government. we pushed them back to the extent they should not ruled afghanistan and in that sense i agree with ambassador neumann they shouldn't rule afghanistan. how we are going to get there we can continue to fight them loom. i don't think that is a strategy to be successful, or we can get there by negotiating with them in such a way to allow a political settlement there part of the government and as richard said there are many different types of television. if they will no longer host al
qaeda. to senator kerry's question, i think the death of osama bin laden gives us an open to try again to see how much they are willing to negotiate. there are many different impacts of the death and we should take that as an opportunity so i suggest we stop fighting them and cut a deal that allows a more stable government in afghanistan the will not openly host al qaeda. >> probably easier said than done. i would agree with that. i just want to read a quote from segregates of the recent and, being able to turn security over to the afghan forces against a degraded taliban is our ticket out of afghanistan. it is numbers of other questions i would have liked to have asked but i think the one thing the west on the american people on the ground in afghanistan is how much we are investing in this
country and what we are investing in. and i think we have to start a huge lead their expectations, much about the culture with the vast amount of money that is coming in. let me just ask the two of you if you agree the secretary gates, and should we very abruptly changed the dynamic of the civilian investment that we have ongoing in afghanistan and really focus more on the degraded taliban come and a quick exit out of their once we feel we have accomplished that after the fighting season. >> i agree with secretary gates. i think a lot of what we are disagreeing on the panel is an issue of how fast can do that without boiling it by trying to go too fast. second i do think we are overspending on the economic side. i think we are fuelling too many
bad tendencies and paying people to do things they ought to do themselves. there's a fair amount of tension between the military spending and you need to look i think at recommending both served and aid. there is rapid spending for the short term results that are not sustainable, and i don't think they are as essential. in careful about the cuts but i think we are overspending them. i do think security -- amine put it this way. the afghan army doesn't actually have to win the war. it has to be capable of not losing it. that changes the negotiating dynamic that changes the security situation. i do think it is our way out. what i'm saying no is i think
this process needs to be looked at very hard so that we do not destroy whatever chances we have created for success by suddenly moving out much too quickly. there's a long record of how we get to this. we've had a lot of experience in afghanistan and iraq recently so we should be very careful not to jump to totally politically inspired time tables of numbers and speed of recognizing that he will never have as much time as any general or investor would like. >> thank you for your testimony i hope we do look at civilian spending and i agree that it's happening on both through the military and through our state department.
and hopefully that's something since all three of you have very different views but all three of you agree on the fact we are spending too much money on the civilian side. >> we are spending it in ways that are problematic but overall we want to pull done a military spending and very carefully monitored spending on the civilian side i think can work but we are putting too much and at one time. islamic thank you very much, senator corker. cementer menendez. >> thank you mr. chairman. i look at $10 billion a month as a cost of our counterinsurgency effort. i look at long military contributions to afghan reconstruction and development
from 2002 to 2010 almost $23 billion expected to increase obviously as we see a transition to the civilian mission and i say to myself even if we are willing to meet the enormous economic commitment to build a democracy and to find the necessary security elements of the cost of tens of billions of dollars per year what's the likelihood of our success? it seems to me the government is corrupt, our working relationship is strained to say the least, our focus on building security forces is challenged because it's largely excludes the pashtu the base of the taliban is there an amount of money or plan that can work. >> i would say no, i would say explicit, our policy won't work, and it's not worth that even if it did work. i would say given the skill of
the challenges we face a crimber of our fiscal situation i cannot find a strategic rationale for what we're taking on the civilian side of afghanistan even if it were to work and again i think it is a negligible chance, senator which only increases the questions that i believe need to be raised without the direction in the scale of u.s. foreign policy. >> i don't think we are trying to build a democracy in afghanistan as the end. once again, the goal is to insure that there's not a government in afghanistan that hosts al qaeda and other terrorist networks that they can freely planned and executed attack against the united states, that's why we went in, that's where we succeeded africa clearly on the took over on of the ball, but the taliban started coming back.
of the color and were to take over tomorrow, they would once again host al qaeda. they wouldn't be able to actually be in the country to be able to get the intelligence to be able to do what we need to do. our focus still has to be a government in afghanistan that doesn't host al qaeda and is in the tv to buy the town of him. with that we can in fact get through with a secure, stable and increasingly self-reliant afghanistan rather than doing it to try to build the country from the ground up we need to do it politically, diplomatically, keeping our forces there and a larger regional summit, every other country in that region has an absolute stake in the civil government. >> i think we can do this in a couple of years. we consider the political negotiations immediately and the peaceful transition does depend on how well the afton forces
perform the increasingly there's evidence some are performing well and we complete and an advisory. we shouldn't be fighting the battle for them. >> there's a fundamental disagreement. this administration several years ago decided in the words of the president to take the war to fight the taliban and the south and east of the country to the scope of the was an incorrect decision and then and i continue to believe it is an incorrect decision now. i do not believe we should simply assume that the taliban can takeover. i don't think they can. i think there's way too much pushback particularly in the north and west of afghanistan to really do think however they are likely no matter what we do to make inroads in the south and east but i wouldn't assume for a second that the taliban and those equate into al qaeda return. it is a testable proposition. there's lots of evidence to
suggest the taliban board in do it but that's the reason that we should talk to them and if they were ever to do it that is the reason that we should attack but i'd do believe we shouldn't be as the u.s. policy on that to me truly the unproven assumption. i would say one other thing begole as articulating of a quote on quote self-reliance afghanistan is a reasonable goal it will take several years that is an open-ended commitment for the united states military and economically and i do not believe again that that is a strategically defended given the cost and given the opportunity costs, given all else we need to worry about in the world and given all else we need to worry about here at home >> with the fall with this as the chairman will give you more time. i'm happy to have but i want to get one more question before my time expires. original the vice presidential biden was supposedly reports
said he favored it more limited mission for afghanistan designed solely to interrupt al qaeda in afghanistan and pakistan in that approach obviously envisions a smaller presence and advocates of this approach a serve the government of afghanistan is not a fully legitimate partner panel because of widespread government corruption, counterterrorism strategy relying heavily on the special operations forces to track and kill selected middle level insurgent commanders which had previously been shown to be effective and could be used to attack al qaeda and taliban sanctuaries in pakistan would be a better approach. what are your views on the approach as an alternate, and what's the argument this respect to the question if you don't believe that approach, what is the argument for the broad
counter insurgency strategy than a targeted more limited counterterrorism strategy to revive always thought we should have the counterterrorism strategy and i've been supportive of the attrition so give me why one over the other -- >> nobody is -- no one said you don't want that piece in the strategy. >> with at least the press which was completely fair to the vice president portrayed as a counterterrorism strategy is i believe that is a strategy which first of all requires a lot of on the ground presence to make it work. >> more than we have now? >> not more than we have but what i believe you get if you have a strategy reduced to that
of focused on doing anything with and for afghanistan is a strategy that invariably turns afghans increasingly against us to the point that strategy fails as a sole strategy and if that purpose has nothing to do with the purpose of afghans who have to live in their country the middle of an oral and anything that gets us out becomes an improvement. so, if you really want to create the xenophobia reaction to the farmers fighting our enemies and doing nothing for a chemist and i don't think we have to be in the total build a democracy. but it is a quick -- if you deal only in extremes and with the kind of extreme the press at least portrayed the vice president as having a very small u.s. forces i think it becomes a complete failure.
i do have a serious difference for how much strategic interest we have here. my feeling is we will get if we have something that can be defined as a loss. first we have a huge propaganda victory for people who consider they are more with us and intend to continue that war. i don't know how you measure the consequences but i've never heard of one side with in the middle of war successfully. second, i think in the context of the civil war in afghanistan, something much larger than the fighting in the south huge role in pakistan and iran and to end with and instability that royals all of central asia. i suppose we should turn our back on it. in that kind of situation, fear of india might lead to the pakistanis to a much stronger support for the radicals that they would be unlikely to be with their own radicalism and
that also leads to greater instability in pakistan. i find this a really frightening prospect and won the scarcely enough that i would stick with things albeit looking for ways to spend less which i think we can do over a year or to cutting the trip members but i think we have to try to turn over to afghans at a reasonable pace. that hasn't been tried. we are only now arriving at the point we start trying it. we ought to see how it works. >> thank you mr. chairman. there are several things in which motivate my thinking on this. first is a sense of history. afghanistan has been a graveyard of empires, nations that have come to the country in an effort to suppress and reform it in a long history of failure. second, this is the longest war
in american history and there's no end in sight. when investor neumann says we would be guilty of quitting in the middle of a war can anybody say with honesty we are in the middle of this war? i'm not sure they can. third is the fact the road to kabul was paved with good intentions. when you look of a corrupt regime running this country, when you look at ten to $12 billion monthly payment by american taxpayers much of which is being wasted and sadly portions of which are being diverted to fund our enemy you have to ask yourselves how long can we sustain this? mr. haass, i read your testimony by this kind of cheering you on until lagat to the last paragraph and i have to ask about it because here's what he said. resolution of the ongoing conflict by either military or diplomatic means is highly unlikely and that realistic basis for the policy, walking
away from afghanistan it's not the answer i want to ask about that. if this is money and clearly spending and wasting it is very hard to justify but it's about a lot more. if you believe resolution of the conflict by military means is highly unlikely and not a realistic basis for the u.s. policy, how can we send more and more american soldiers to fight and die in afghanistan? >> is a good and a fair question. i do not believe that u.s. interests to the extent of the ackley in afghanistan require a resolution of the conflict. that's good news because we aren't going to get a resolution of the conflict. but we can maintain, protect ourselves and protect record interests, the core interested in is afghanistan ought not to be a launching pad for terrorist attacks against us or the world. we can do that i believe with a degree of counterterrorism
presence and activities and a degree of limited focused treating the afghan national troops. i believe we can protect our core interest with a modest investment. so i am trying and to come up with not the proverbial little course, but it's actually closer to one in the end of the other point to believe the answer is withdraw. >> so those of us that face this boat, face to votes on iraq and afghanistan, 23 of us voted against the invasion of iraq and i continue to believe that was the right vote. i voted for the invasion of afghanistan and i've been voted for it to go after al qaeda for what they did to us on the 9/11 and to find it necessary to kill osama bin laden. now here we are, almost ten years later. and i have to tell you, if he would have asked me whether i was signing up for the longest war in american history, which has no end in sight even after the killing of osama bin laden, i would have to seriously say
that wasn't the bargain. that isn't what i thought i was voting for. now the question that i have is this. if our goal and afghanistan as dr. slaughter said and i think you just said is to prevent terrorist attacks on the united states, why are we limiting this to afghanistan? aren't there other countries in the middle east but also harboring terrorists, which until on the united states? are in their countries in africa? so, why have we drawn the line here and say we will stay as long as necessary to reach a good enough solution in afghanistan? >> it is actually the same approach that i will suggest to the other countries. what i'm trying to do, it must be a drafting problem and i wasn't clear. i am trying to scale down dramatically the u.s. involvement and investment in afghanistan, much more akin to what we have been doing in other countries like yemen and somalia. i want the emphasis to be on counterterrorism, a degree of
training but i agree with you i don't believe coming up with something senator corker said before you are right, this is not a template that sustainable i don't believe it is a template of to be sustained in afghanistan. the war you signed for and i think you the right to vote for signing it in afghanistan after 9/11 was a limited war. this has now more often to something more. we have basically about ourselves to be protagonists missile war. we need to dalia licht back again to the more limited mission which is the one that you i believe correctly signed up for and that limited mission is both affordable and in the interest of the united states. i do not believe the expanded mission that the united states has allowed was off to be drawn into as either affordable or justifiable or defends the core vital national security. >> and is calling on us to send our fighting men and women to fight and die?
>> absolutely. i agree. >> so we are now in a very sterile conversation about diplomacy and foreign policy. the reality is the question is how long will we keep sending them? >> senator, i think the answer is that there is a -- the united states has a vital national interest to make sure that afghanistan doesn't become again and doesn't continue, similar to other countries a place where terrorists can act with impunity. that's something i believe because it is a vital national interest our armed forces would gladly be involved in. again, the problem in afghanistan as we have allowed the mission to grow. we have a classic objectives and that is something that i believe is not the international interest of the united states. >> dr. slaughter? >> we are not disagreeing about the endgame. i.t. we all agree that we need to draw down the troops
substantially. the president agrees. where i would differ with richard is we tried a limited counterterrorism strategy that when you voted originally we drove the taliban out very fast and moved to the limit and counterterrorism strategy. after three or four years we turned around and the taliban were deeply resurgent. we didn't choose to be part of a civil war. we realize we were at risk of losing all the gains we made. we had to go back in with a counter insurgency strategy. >> is it not true? and they tell us we could gather all of the known al qaeda at al qaeda and afghanistan in this room yet we are spending ten or $12 billion a month in a war with the taliban which i've asked this basic question can we achieve what we want to achieve in afghanistan without defeating the allin? >> we can achieve that if we have a stable government in afghanistan that includes part of the taliban and that doesn't
post al qaeda. if we can get an agreement where the taliban can meet certain basic conditions the can be part of the government and they do not host al qaeda than our interests are served. >> we are in the position we've pushback our troops and the have succeeded in pushing back enough but we are now in a strong enough position to enter the negotiations will not be the karzai government. it will be a coalition government with a set of conditions allow us to dramatically pulled down our forces. but we have had to push back for counter insurgency because of what we lost through the pure counterterrorism strategy and we need to move to the political face. >> i couldn't agree more. >> i recognize, let me follow quickly. dr. slaughter, use of the goal would be the government has the
taliban why couldn't we have a government fighting for its own definition and sort of have an ongoing still meet? it's the struggle, and while we are aligned with a that a government that's fighting it we have an arrangement where we have a platform doing counterterrorism making sure they are not harboring any terrorists, and we also can guarantee they are not going to be able to take over. why do we have to go to the next year? >> we have a stalemate of the kind that you're describing, richard speed is describing when we have 130,000 u.s. and allied troops. right now if we were to pull them out we would have a karzai government sort of defending its interest i think you would see the major tel dan advances.
>> nobody has said pull out. they sit reduce. islamic if you can hand over to the afghan forces and we maintain an advisory role that will continue all the wood isn't as strong as the government that actually has at least some taliban as part of it so that there is in fact some kind of settlement. >> i think the model that you're suggesting is much more realistic. but we are going to be able to negotiate the afghans themselves will be a will to negotiate broadbased government with the discrete power sharing arrangement seems to be highly optimistic and it's perfectly acceptable but particularly the local list tradition of afghanistan, the central government that isn't necessarily representative. and call them what you will have
considerable influence again in the south and east of the country and if they are able to abide by certain redlines we live with i do not believe it is essential we have a national contract or government is unified or self-reliant or anything else. indeed, to try to jam the taliban participation on the thai sheikhs and uzbeks and others. i would say within only failed but would probably be counterproductive. >> you are recognized, senator shaheen. we will come back. -- before, mr. chairman. i think it is fitting as i'm sure people have said already that we are having this discussion today, two days after osama bin laden has been killed. after all, as you all point out it was his masterminding the attack on the world trade center and the united states that got us into this war so as we think about what the endgame here is
is what impact would the death of osama bin laden have, in game obviously is a huge national security and military and intelligence triumph but what will the real impact be if any on the taliban we are operating in afghanistan and does it have any impact on our allies as we look ahead. >> i believe the only way it has a significant impact would be if it leads to pakistan is to seriously reconsider their continual provision of a century to the taliban. if this leads to any conversation between the united states and washington and islamabad to a material change in pakistani policy than i think it will have major repercussions but as long as pakistan is able to play the role that it's played for all these years and
provide sanctuary for the afghan taliban, not only does it mean that osama bin laden's death will not have a material impact on the future of afghanistan, but will the essentially have the sort of self literally did -- salutary effect you and i would like to see more broadly. .. >> it is at least worth exploring.
it also creates political space for us with president hamid karzai in the sense that he often says, well, we are going to stay because we are there for our interests more than we are for his. this is now a moment where we can say, as we are hearing all over the place, although obviously it is a symbolic death, it is a very important symbol, and it gives us a chance to pitch. so that may give us more leverage as president car's side. we should seize that moment and explore. we will not be worse off. we may be substantially better off. >> do you have anything to add to that? >> basically agree. i am much more dubious that it is a moment for negotiations. i have nothing against exploring them, but i'd think the description of a possible kind of instinct was more realistic. for one thing, there have been a great many negotiations over 30 years in afghanistan.
almost all of them have fallen apart. most of them, which are power-sharing agreements have not worked. i think we need to get out of the american mind set that agreement in this things. look at negotiations historic fleet, at least in afghanistan much more like the agreements of middle ages and renaissance europe. they last until one side is strong enough to break them and go with them. so while negotiations are relevant, pinning a lot of hope on them were thinking that because you into page you have something, i am pretty dubious. i do agree on your question specifically. this is a place to push pakistan, but recognize that we have interests in common and probably have interests that oppose. one of the, perhaps, think that we need to clarify most is what the interests are that we have that we will sustain. the confusion and the doubt of
pakistan, afghanistan, regional players about us is enormously debilitating in this struggle because we are such a huge player. enemies, friends, and those that are neither take position in part based on where they think we are. when they don't know, they invent the answer and go from that reasoning. >> well, we will have a hearing on thursday to talk about pakistan, so that will be an opportunity to explore that a little further. i want to go back to the discussion that senator durbin was having earlier, and i am having trouble, i guess, trying to distinguish between that in the game that you are describing which sounds to me very much like what we have been doing in afghanistan from the time we went in and removed the taliban until we increased our forces. so i wonder if you could just
describe in further detail how that is different so i can understand the distinctions that you are making. >> what i'm suggesting is different in two ways. it's different and where we are trying to get to and how we get there. my goal is not a democratic afghanistan. although i would like to see it, it is not an afghanistan that is in total peace. it is not a unified, strong, national government. what i am looking for is simply in afghanistan that has a minimal level of functionality where above all it is not a place where al qaeda or groups like it act with impunity. and the way i believe we achieve that, of very modest goal. the way i would try to achieve that is through a heavy infinite -- emphasis, not the sole emphasis, but an emphasis on
u.s. counter-terrorism capabilities with a degree of training up afghan police and army forces both nationally and locally. a degree of diplomacy, particularly 1-on-1 with the taliban to try to draw red lines with them and also to try to have some sort of a regional forum. i would dramatically decrease u.s. troop levels. right now roughly 100,000i would reduce by three-quarters or more. quite quickly. >> can you just talk about what you are describing as different than what we are doing? >> sure. >> it does not sound that different to me. >> it sounds quite different to me, and maybe i'm not articulating well. what the big difference is, the current u.s. policy is -- >> i'm not talking about current u.s. policy. i am trying to see if i can understand the distinction you are making between what we
should be doing now and what we are doing and how that is different from what we did when we initially went into afghanistan and continue to do until the buildup after president obama was elected and began to increase troop size and trainers. because i don't -- i'm not understanding the distinction you are making. >> okay. i apologize. i did not understand your question. in the original policy after al qaeda was the government was ousted was a fairly narrow counter-terrorism policy. it did not involve significant turning up of afghan police or army forces at either the national or local level. now the afghan national army and police is probably more than 300,000. essentially we have done all that, particularly in the last couple years, plus there was not a real diplomatic dimension to be allowed the six plus two form to go into disuse. the united states did not try to test the taliban as to whether they had changed their ways when
it came to association with al qaeda. so essentially those are the differences. but we did, also, the big difference, but we started doing and i would into doing is bringing to an end combat operations against the taliban. starting to a half years ago the united states made the policy decision that it would henceforth target that tall banned militarily. that was the principal rationale for the military increases taken in 2009 as well as the subsequent surge. i believe that was ill-advised, and i want to go back to the face before that where the united states no longer targets the taliban militarily. on the assumption that television presence is one and the same as al qaeda return. i think that is incorrect, and i do not believe the united states can or should conduct policy in
afghanistan based on that. i would remove that component. >> can i jump in? the desire of our policy was not to fight the taliban. at -- the desire was to push them back from the gains that they had made when we were following the narrow counterterrorism strategy. also to convince the afghans that we were there not just tough fight terrorism, but because we had their interests at heart as well. we -- if we had negotiated with the taliban two years ago or tried to negotiate, we would be in a very different position. i think the way we understand this is that we push back enough so we are now in a position to negotiate with the television with the red line. maybe we can do that without the afghan government. to senator kerrey's point, it is still a sovereign country. difficult to be negotiating with the enemy of the government independently of the government,
but i would say we try a comprehensive settlement. if we can't get that we negotiate in other ways. we had to push back on the taliban so that we would then be in a position to negotiate the kind of solution you are talking about. we are not there to fight the taliban for the sake of fighting the taliban. >> we obviously have a disagreement. i do not believe we have had to because i am not trying to get the taliban to become great citizens participating in the political life. i have one simple, that they do not reestablished the sort of relationship they had with out -- al qaeda. i don't believe we had to of militarily go to war. i believe we had the option of attacking the taliban directly, plus i believe the taliban based upon statements they have made and that have been reported back, they themselves have come to question their deep association with foreigners which is what al qaeda is to them, but i think we have to accept the matter what happens in afghanistan at some point the south and the east of
afghanistan is going to be dominated by postern political leaders which will be extraordinary conservative in behavior. what you call them technically taliban are not, there will be unattractive to each ticket -- features in terms of society. i think that is inevitable whether we have 100,000 american troops for five more years and six or seven more years. that will happen in any event. that is the future. at some point we have to be willing to carry out a foreign policy that accepts a degree of local realities and limits. one of the problems with our policy in afghanistan is when we get too ambitious and to build respect, i believe, and of local culture and traditions and realities we are committing ourselves to an expensive policy that will not have an enduring benefit in any way that is commensurate with the military for human or economic investment we are making. >> could i say one thing? >> i will yield back to you.
i am perfectly happy to let you pursue and close out the hearing. i have a 1259 need to go to, but i just want to weigh in before i go. this is very -- let me say first of all, the complexity of this and the difficulties of reaching an adequate definition and understanding what you are underlying premise is is obvious , it's complicated, not easy. we have a bad habit. i want to pick up on what was just said. we have a habit of throwing out this idea of negotiating. we throw out this idea of achieving sufficient stability and this and that. but in the end could diplomacy and its failure, which is conflict and war, is usually based on people's perception about their interests. and it is one thing for us to
sit here and talk about, you know, we are going to try and do this or that. here is our perception, but i find it very often not adequately based on and in the realities of the culture that we are in the midst of for their interests and the way that they see themselves playing out here. you know, most afghans don't want to see that taliban return. that is a reality. i don't think enough of our discussion is taking that reality into account here. you know, poll after poll shows that that taliban to not have widespread support. they are not seeing to represent afghans or even postion interest in national basis. yet the current approach to negotiations, which we are putting on the table here, appears to be almost
counterproductive in terms of some of our interest because it alienate some of the ethnic groups that don't feel represented. so you have postions who feel excluded by the negotiations. you have minority tajiks, uzbeks, and others vehemently against any kind of deal, and they still remember the atrocities of the 90's. you have afghan women who fear they are going to pay a very heavy price for peace as the prospect of any of these negotiations. a civil society members are strongly opposed to a taliban return. it seems to me we ought to be able to factor those realities into where things may flow with less troops and with the afghans having -- sort of being forced to resolve these things for themselves with us there with a continuing capacity in terms of this question of incentive, what is happening in the incentive it
signals we are sending. i don't see us saying we are abandoning or we are not going to be there to represent our interests also and work with them to go through that process. also even to prevent the taliban from making any kind of enormous significant gain. i might add that regionally there is a lot of anxiety about the taliban and coming back to power in any way. you have russia, central asian republic, saudi arabia, india with varied degrees of and to -- antipathy in this seems to me that we could work more of a rel effort to try to deal with some of that reality than we have. a number of people have suggested there may be options with the stands and russia and other parties, including, i might add, iran that we have not adequately explored or put on the table. iran does not like the taliban. iran also does not like
drug-trafficking. it seems to me there are legitimate interests here that ought to be explored in other ways as we go forward. so the pakistan piece of this is obviously critical. there are a lot of questions about that phrase in the wake of the events of the last hours, but i do think that we are going to have a hearing on that. i'd just summarize by saying that i think we really have to do more work. that is the purpose of these hearings, to hone in on what the realities are that we are dealing with and what the possibilities are. we could spend a lot of money for a long time, and i tend to agree. i don't see a lot of indicators that is going to significantly change the dynamic on the ground. i think what is ultimately going to change it is afghans themselves feeling they have a
state with a sense of what the long-term power broker structure is going to be. at think it could be significantly less prominently american and significantly less expensive. that is what we have to really examine here very carefully as we go forward. so i know this is worth a lot more discussion, which is why we will have five more hearings, including having the secretary of defense and secretary of state come in toward the end and share their views with the administration. we will leave the record open for one week for colleagues to be able to submit questions in writing and even to follow up on some of those questions that have been placed the date. i am extremely grateful. i think that three of you have very effectively helped to frame the complexity and the realities of this debate. it is a good shaking, if you will, for our discussions as we
go forward. i think you very much, and it has been profitable and helpful. if you would close out the hearing, i'd appreciate it. i apologize. do you want to ask a couple questions? now? we will then have the record available for any submission of additional questions. with that we stand adjourned. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] conve]
[inaudible conversations] >> in the committee on homeland securities subcommittee on counter-terrorism and intelligence will come to order. the subcommittee today is meeting to hear testimony about the threat to the u.s. homeland emanating from pakistan. let me take a moment to make an opening statement. i would like to welcome everybody to today's subcommittee on counter-terrorism and intelligence sharing. i look forward to your airing from today's witnesses in the ongoing danger emanating from pakistan to the united states and the intent and capability of the various terrorist organizations operating in pakistan to strike the u.s. homeland. at the outset i want to let everyone know that the -- today's hearing will be interrupted at 3:00 p.m. to to a classified briefing from cia director panetta.
national in ctc director later and deputy secretary steinberg. i ask patients from our witnesses and thank you ahead of time to the extent you are able to accommodate us. today's hearing is the third hearing this subcommittee has held and it is aimed at educating members about the myriad of terrorist threats to the homeland from various parts of the world. so far we have heard from experts on the threat posed by a qhp in yemen and the ramifications of unrest in the middle east and north africa on the u.s. counter-terrorism efforts. today's hearing comes at a historic moment of the global war on terrorism. in the last 48 hours and at the direction of president obama and as a result of the incredible work of the u.s. military, intelligence community, and law enforcement, al qaeda leader and 9/11 mastermind osama bin laden was killed by u.s. forces deep
inside pakistan. this is a critical blow said al qaeda and the ideology. a victory for the united states and our allies around the world. as president obama stated, the world is a safer, more secure place as a result of his death. i commend president obama and his national security team for the planning, execution of the mission and for taking their enormous risk to eliminate osama bin laden. the nation is grateful. we are also deeply grateful to the men and women who carried out the mission. their dedication, professionalism, and sacrifice exemplifies the best of our fighting forces. today's hearing was originally aimed at delving deeper into the various terrorist organizations operating in pakistan and their intent and capability to strike the u.s. homeland. we will still conduct that important examination, but in light of the events of the last 72 hours we will try to make
sense of the important questions in the wake of the killing of osama bin laden including the extent to which pakistan is cooperating in the fight against terrorism. i would like to highlight the fact that pakistan has provided enormous assistance in the last decade. the fight against al qaeda including critical intelligence and military operations. they have been a critical ally for decades. they lost thousands of soldiers and innocent civilians in the fight against islamic militancy. they have also been responsible for capturing and killing more terrorists inside pakistan by a large margin. their efforts would be commended, and the united states must continue to foster this united states-pakistan relationship. we must make this relationship work. despite the killing of at osama bin laden, the fact is the threat from al qaeda and affiliate groups remains as dangerous as it did last friday. in fact, cia director panetta warned yesterday that terrorists
almost certainly will attempt to avenge him, and we must remain vigilant and resolute. if anything, the threat is even more dangerous in the days and weeks ahead after his demise. this was most obvious last may when a pakistani born u.s. citizen trove and suv into times square and attempted to killed hundreds of people. he traveled to pakistan and received training from ttp. his attack was retribution for u.s. crowns in pakistan. retribution has been a driver of attacks in the past, and we must be on guard. i look forward to hearing from today's witnesses on the myriad of terrorist groups operating in pakistan and their intent and capability to strike the homeland for. these a wharf is in a continually evolving groups present huge challenges to the united states as critical that we as members of congress do everything we can to understand the threat, especially in light of the killing of osama bin laden and
its ramifications. nevertheless, certain facts, certain facts are clear as they are disturbing. osama bin laden was the world's most wanted terrorist. he was discovered not in the caves or in saudia arabia were human or even around as pakistan the interior minister monique suggested when met visiting members of congress travel to the area. he was discovered in a mansion fortress, a prominent for its size as well as location in abbottabad, a well populated city just a short way from pakistan's military academy. the president's counterterrorism adviser states today that osama bin live in that compound for six years. it is inconceivable that he did not have the support system in the country that allowed him to
remain there for an extended amount of time. members of congress have a responsibility to ask, what kind of support system were benefactors could have enabled osama bin laden to maintain this safe-haven. what should the pakistani officials have known about such support systems and who should have known? how is it that imagine complex with 18-foot walls and barbed wire tapping can avoid the scrutiny of investigated military and government officials who make it their business to know what is going on around them. why did pakistani officials not investigate? a tremendous time of fiscal challenge here at home. the united states is asking citizens to support the expense, billions of dollars of military and pakistan the -- and foreign aid to pakistan. before i turn to a ranking member i would like to make one more important point about osama bin laden killing.
i am heartened to know the last thing he saw before death was an american soldier bearing down on him with an american flag on his shoulder. he reportedly died using a woman as a human shield as an image that cements the true nature of his character and such cowardice will be part of his legacy. in his demise will not diminish the pain and loss for the families of the victims from a september 11th, nor will it significantly dent -- diminish the threat of terrorism that emanates from this complex region. it closes a chapter and fulfills our nation's promise that with respect to osama bin laden we would not rest until justice was served. i look forward to hearing from today's witnesses. the chair now recognizes ranking minority member of the subcommittee and the gentlewoman from california, ms. spier, for any statements you may have. >> thank you for holding this hearing today on the threats from terrorist groups in
pakistan. i in -- on sunday night this hearing took on a completely new dynamic as the world learned that the mastermind of 9/11 and inspirational leader for numerous other terrorist plots was killed in a firefight with u.s. special forces. the death of osama bin laden, as many have stated, it's a monumental achievement in our nation's effort to defeat al qaeda 57 the people deserve recognition for their steadfast efforts and sacrifices. three presidents, our military, and homeland intelligence community's. we must not rest on our laurels. though al qaeda may be symbolized by osama bin laden, the terrorist network is much bigger than just them. we must remember -- remain vigilant as affiliated groups and radicalized individuals pursue attacks against us. with his death we are left asking, what is next for al qaeda? how real is the threat of retaliation?
and how will our relationship with pakistan be impacted? pakistan has been a key ally and our counter-terrorism efforts against al qaeda and other extremist groups. scores of pakistan soldiers have lost their lives fighting against the taliban. al al qaeda and the pakistan government have helped as disrupt and dismantle terror networks since 9/11. what did they know and what should they have known about the whereabouts of osama bin laden and the massive compound 30 miles outside of islamabad for he was living? he was not found in a cave. this compound was less than 2 miles away from an elite pakistani army training academy. ..
are spread throughout the country, much of the terrorist threat is concentrated in the fata on the western border of afghanistan. this autonomous era has been home to to resort to nations since 9/11 and is so perilous that western aid workers can't provide any effective services there. what social forces make these areas ripe for terrorists and how can we change that dynamic? although we've had some success in targeting key militants in this area since 9/11, the terrorist network said proven resilient, simply relocating to
other parts of the country. now we must determine how to snuff out bin laden's legacy and to what extent al qaeda will continue or speed of plotting against the west. throughout the fata and beyond every vote outside of ford deadliness and willingness to attack the u.s. both in the region and here at home. ttp, to tell a band has displayed a bridge that shocked many american officials when the ttp train pakistani americans win faisal shahzad detonated a car bomb in new york. fata and other groups including the haqqani network operate hand-in-hand in pakistan making the region a hotbed of extremism. it has become widely apparent the existing groups in pakistan have embraced the ideological cancer of al qaeda and what we once believed they pose little threat to america, we now are
greatly concerned. the chiapas organization by carrying out the move by attack in 2008. various medias reports speculate that l.e.t. like the taliban may have grown closer to al qaeda both ideologically and operationally. while the data did not bring this is the associated groups together and raise the threat to the united states homeland? we certainly know the radical islam preached by these groups presents a serious danger to religious minority such as the bodies, women and political opposition leaders in afghanistan. and seems to be gaining support, weakening the will of the pakistani government to work with us. when the pakistani government has muster political though, the army has an effect given attacks against the militants. how do we ensure they are working with us to combat all
terrorist groups in the region? should we proactively attack the source of the extremism by investing more social opportunities in pakistan's that the use do not turn to terrorism. as it forward to hearing witnesses testimony today because finding solution to these questions requires better understanding of an extremely complex threat environment. again, i'd like to commend the president for his courage in all the brave men and women that have put their lives on the line for purity and thank them for the sacrifices they have made for all of us at home. i yield back. >> thank you, ms. speier. i am pleased to have the attendance of the chairman of the committee on homeland security, mr. king from new york to get opening statements.
>> thank you, chairman. let me commend you for for the hearings you have connect to this year in your capacity as chairman of the sub committee on counterterrorism. you're the ranking member have done an outstanding job and i fully commend you for it. let me also join whatever inherent commending the president of the united states for the killing of osama bin laden. people i have been spoken to are involved in the whole operation. the fact is that the president made his decision, it was not pacific evidence of a collection of circumstances evidences to make the decision to go ahead with the operation and not fail and certainly seek fame for it and put himself and country on the line and succeeded to again show true capacity as commander-in-chief and i commend them for.
also across commend the navy seals who carried out the operation under extraordinary conditions at night, not knowing what was going to wake them when they went into the compound. also not knowing on the flight back to afghanistan to the pakistani chance. all in all this is an extraordinary achievement and react to commend all of them. you're hearing today is particularly topical. and our guy met with the pakistani chief of mission coming come the night states and expressed to her the real concerns we have about pakistan's role in the war against terrorism. i remember back in 1998 when the embassies were attacked and president clinton wanted to retaliate for compounds in afghanistan and a vice pakistani government that they go through their airspace and the result was al qaeda was not killed.
he could've been killed 13 years ago and things would've been so much different. so we've had this mixed relationship with pakistan all along. number two days after september 11, meeting with president bush when he told the first priority was to have the secretary of state tell president musharraf of pakistan that it was time to be with us or against us. at that time pakistan did cooperate the period of time at least. since then they recognize the midst there's no doubt there've been elements in the isi which have not been supportive of opposition, which have at least a dual loyalties. there was a feeling that we've gotten more from the relationship. pakistan because of the strategic tuition and he asked if it did have to intelligence that this is a relationship and unbalances in our favor. the events of the last several weeks has learned you have this
compound as the chairman pointed out, so close to major military academy in pakistan, the fact that the ifa became the headquarters in the neighborhood in particular was populated military officials and to learn after six years osama bin laden was living in that compound. it really raises one answer. one was to rack facilitation of the pakistani government or pakistani intelligence isn't it not. in fact, sunless raise the issue does the isi spend more time tracking down members of the cia than it does members of al qaeda quakes this is really a crossroads in our relationship with pakistan. the days are bad days of
pakistan are essential to the success or war against situations where the most notorious terrorists mass murdering the world right into the nose of top pakistani government officials. so i look forward to the hearing today. i hope we can find a way forward with pakistan, but events of the last several days marked a definite crossroads of the relationship. let me thank all the witnesses for being here today. your time and expertise is very important. let me give a special thanks to dr. kagan what about a pleasure meeting with over the years. the first time back in 2007 when he was formulating his search policy in iraq which everyone said could never work and think of the president did the good work. i yield back to the chairman. >> thank you, mr. chairman.
other members are reminded that opening statements may be submitted for the record. we are pleased to have for distinguished witnesses before us today on this important topic and we remind the witnesses your entire britain statement will appear in the record and so you can ask to do the best you can to focus your comments with appreciation for the five-minute so today's first witness is robert kagan. it is my understanding you had to leave the hearing to attend to a personal issue. i want to remind members that we may have questions from others or you, which will be submitted in writing and i hope that he would be able to be responsive. due to the time constraints, i'm going to dispense biographies on
today's witnesses, but i will point out dr. kagan was one of the principal authors of the surge in iraq and want to thank you for your contribution during that difficult time in our nations history. i also understand you just returned from afghanistan so you have a fresh from the theater and we will make available to anybody who asked the full biographies as we had prepared for a very distinguished panel. so dr. kagan, you are now recognized to summarize your testimony. >> thank you for your very kind words and thank you for holding this series of hearings and for the way they have been framed and i'm going to try to keep my remarks because the committee has posed, which is to say, let us focus on diagnosing the problem. let us focus on understanding
the challenge in detail and nuance. but them understand that there is no immediate obvious therefore cause it emerges at the end of the long series of wherefores that we can lay out here because i will not opine on the degree on bin laden's presence because i don't know and i won't offer opinions about it. but i won't say that the comments of all of the chairman and ranking member here are absolutely right. at the end of the day, there is no simple solution to the problems you face with pakistan and the challenging as frustrating as it is then, we've experimented with simple solutions like pakistani a aid a completely entering pakistan over. we've experimented with generous and it's not clear what effect any of the behavior has, but it
is clear in general terms and don't go well for us when we simply decide to treat pakistan as an enemy. whatever degree of support for either our enemies are the pakistani state is showing, we need to recognize and understand it and we need to develop what will have to be inevitably a frustrating and new ones policy approach that will serve our interest and not merely satisfy our peak which is understandable but at the end of the day is not a sufficient basis for making that kind of call. the roll call of bad organizations in pakistan is very long in fact we could all take more than the five minutes allotted for statements simply to list them all. the bottom line is that pakistan is home to probably the densest concentration of the most dangerous militant islamist
organizations in the world and the number of those have been allowed to run fairly free within pakistani territory for a variety of reasons. al qaeda centro, it should be noted, has been whittled down substantially from the fairly sizable member who fled to pack his and in 2001 to a handful of core leadership with their support, including bin laden and most recently killed in the pakistanis have cooperated with that in cooperation has been essential to making that happen and we should note the sacrifice they have made. in addition to al qaeda, the lashkar-e-taiba, the ranking member mentioned is an incredibly dangerous organization in an organization that historically have tended to underestimate because it has been seen traditionally is a kashmiri separatist movement in
something focused on the fata and it was never a cashmere movement. it was always an islamist movement sharing a common ideology with al qaeda and in some cases eternity with al qaeda appeared to chose to focus on kashmir when that seemed appropriate, but it is always harbored larger ambitions do not come including ambitions of is that the entire on fire if carried out, which they nearly did in ambitions to strike as directly as well. i think the threat is extremely significant and i think unfortunately, although the pakistanis periodically arrest or detain senior members fundamentally pakistan has taken no action against this group that has had significant than that it's a matter of can turn. the taliban and pakistan is another group were nuanced understanding is essential
because the ttp was formed initially to serve as an umbrella organization for groups that oppose musharraf's duplicity with ice and fighting against islamists. in a detail from a testimony about the ttp has broken down into northern of the groups that are more or less anti-pakistani, but there is a group of the ttp that is now focused in waziristan and agencies that goes beyond the simple hatred of pakistan and seems to be willing potentially to be refocused on us, including most notably with the times square attack. that is a group we have to be concerned about and it's ironic the pakistanis have shed quite a lot of blood fighting ttp and in fact have driven out of business significant safe haven in south waziristan and now finding it with also significant loss of blood and matter.
however, it is not clear that the pakistanis will fight to eliminate that group and it's also not clear that group -- the pakistani operations would eliminate the united states from that group. there's a number of other organization which updates much and because the panel of experts will bring them up. let me just close quickly by framing a policy problem but not offering you a recommendation and apologies for that. three things will have to happen in pakistan in icu before pakistan is really able to get a handle on the challenge of militant islamism and waste to secure some stability and in ways that ensure our security. first pakistan's ruling elite will have to come to a consensus that supporting some militant islamist group as proxies either in afghanistan or india is a failing strategy and this is
where i think the importance of carrying through on the comprehensive counterinsurgency campaign general mcchrystal began in general petraeus is carrying on is so essential. we must demonstrate to them that this is not going to succeed. second, they'll have to come to a consensus that all militant islamists pose a threat to pakistan and none are at the end of the day able to be controlled by the state and used reliably in safely as proxies. third and this will be most difficult, they will have to come to a consensus about the need to conduct what will be very funny, expensive and pakistani that go beyond the fata into the punjab come in to send him into the pakistani heartland. we can affect those things by making it clear to pakistan that is proxies in afghanistan will fail and i think the strategy is
advocating a negotiating with the taliban, trying to wrap this thing up is the worst thing we could possibly do from the standpoint of long-term stability in the region and well-being of pakistan because it will merely reinforced the notion fighting by proxy is a successful strategy. as for the others, we have to develop a complicated and nuanced strategy for influencing pakistan after or in tandem with our effort to show them the proxy warfare. our next witnesses will be sought jones and a senior political scientist at the rand corporation has written extensively on pakistan afghanistan and the region and spent years working with u.s. special operations forces. you're now recognize to summarize your testimony please.
>> thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, charming caine. thank you vendors of the committee for having this hearing. it is very important i think to have a frank discussion of this issue because it is one that risks american lives. let me first start out by saying is the chairman noted earlier i recently left a u.s. special operations command working at the pentagon emanating from
pakistan involved in the u.s. homeland. this is again so setting aside for the purposes of this hearing gehman, smalley and other areas are important. i will focus my comments on this. the way i see this trendy and we partied the movement in this direction is probably a slightly more decentralized diffuse threat this has enormous implications. there remains five tiers to monitor. one is central al qaeda that continues to exist in pakistan
so we have questions certainly now about bin laden and his hideout, similar questions one can also ask about al qaeda's number two, possibly now number one. where is iman al zawahiri and how much knowledge as the havoc his whereabouts clicks we know historically targeted by the u.s. in pakistan in 2006 in january he was targeted by u.s. forces in the bachelor agency. it was not successful, but certainly there are similar questions. there are also affiliated groups. we've seen a threat to the homeland from groups like al qaeda in the arabian employment for enjoyment. third, allied groups al qaeda and certainly in pakistan we see a threat to the u.s. homeland from several, including ttp and lashkar-e-taiba, both have been mentioned here. in my personal view which will
pose a serious threat to the u.s. homeland over the next several years. fourth, we have allied networks, some of which have been involved in the london attacks in 2005 and finally as we've seen at fort dix in other areas, simply inspired attackers. in my view as we've seen them as ranking member mentioned earlier, we have come very close, i would say lucky, from being attacked by terrorists trained in pakistan. the shahzad case one, zazi another. the threat from pakistan is extremely serious right now. we see alias kashmiri based in pakistan against target in india, europe and also potentially against the u.s. homeland. we have al qaeda americans in pakistan right now. adam could not for riverside,
california. shukri juma who among other places lived in florida, operating out of pakistan right now. so i would say we have a very serious invested interest in continuing to capture or kill these rights to the homeland including from america. i would say is we let down the line at the issue of pakistan, this could move in one of two directions. one would be an unfortunate reality. the relationship the u.s. had a mini 90s after the pressler amendment coronet did, with the relationship is virtually nonexistent in a strategic way. the other is where the relationship moved after the september 11th attacks and would protect a relationship captured khalid sheikh mohammed, al shahid, that captured serious al qaeda members. in my personal view, pakistan
has a very serious series of options right now. we have the bulk of al qaeda leadership operating in pakistan. will it help us capture the rest of this organization? only facts on the ground will be able to tell. the last thing i'll note very briefly is one particular concern i would have and i continue to have is that the u.s. has identified pakistan government relations with two groups that are of concern. one is the haqqani network. the other is lashkar-e-taiba. both those groups would have to back senior-level relationships with al qaeda. that is unacceptable for the united states in my personal view and must change the relationship to become more productive. finally, this is a long war as with the churchill observed over a century ago, north west
frontier. time in this area is measured in decades, not months or years, but i would say based on the stream coming out of pakistan, we do not have much time. thank you. >> thank you, dr. jones. our next witness is mr. stephen tankel at the carnegie international peace. did i get that right? thank you, mr. tankel come you're not recognize. >> thank you, for inviting me here today. others have spoken about the ramifications of osama bin laden's demise and the impact on the state of the u.s. pakistan relationship. i'm going to keep the focus on lashkar-e-taiba, the group i was asked to speak to specifically today, though i do have to concur with others about the importance in u.s.-pakistan
relationship and the need to find ways to make the relationship work other than it is right now. l.e.t.'s continued existence has become a major contributor to tensions between u.s. and pakistan, particularly since the move by attacks. the group's position remains secure for three reasons. first, that country is facing an insurgency in l.e.t. policy remains refrain from watching attacked against the state. the establishment appears to be taking what amounts to a triage approach, focusing first on those groups launching attacks in pakistan and avoiding any action that can draw l.e.t. as an organization further into the insurgency. this is despite the fact some members within the l.e.t. are contributing to the war in pakistan. i can't come in the pakistan army and isi have long considered alley t. to be the country's most reliable proxy against india and elements within those institutions still perceived to provide utility in this regard.
third, lat is more than a militant group. it's also a missionary organization that places strong emphasis on preaching and social welfare and significant societal support and influence. my aim today is threefold. to detail briefly capabilities for 13 u.s. capabilities at home and abroad and the groups intent and highlights several courses for possible u.s. action. l.e.t. postservice capabilities as others have alluded to that enable to contribute attacks against u.s. interests in the following ways. first of the training provider the group has a history of providing training to local as well as western workers enough collaboration with other outfits in pakistan has increased, so too has crosstraining. second, it is a key way organization the western would-be terrorists can use to access other outfits, including al qaeda. third, he can act as a facilitator for terrorist attacks, providing logistical and financial support to other outfits via it strains national
networks, which conservatively speaking stretch across south asia, persian gulf and europe. in addition to acting as part of a consortium, l.e.t. is capable of unilateral attack against u.s. or western interests. that scenario is however less likely and this brings us to the issue of l.e.t. in tent. the core l.e.t. organization continues to prioritize india as its main enemy in the group had never considered itself to be an al qaeda affiliate. however, it is also always been a group since its formation. liberating kashmir and then the indian subcontinent is the first rather than the final step in a jihad group and has contributed to al qaeda strike against the u.s. and its allies since 9/11. operational collaboration between the groups has grown closer in recent years. the isi continues to pressure its l.e.t. leaders to refrain from launching another terrorist attack in india as this could
trigger a war or an attack against america and this may reduce chances of unilateral attack against the homeland at least in the near-term. however, the current threat to u.s. interests comes from a conglomeration of actors in pakistan al qaeda, ttp and l.e.t. they do not need to take the lead role in order for capability to be used against the u.s. homeland or american interests abroad. furthermore, individuals or factions within l.e.t. can utilize domestic infrastructure as well as transnational capabilities to pursue operations without leadership consent. because members of the l.e.t. do not cut ties with the group or neighboring elements within it, but it also comes from the last card alumni network. because l.e.t. is implicit racial dynamics, it's worth considering how one step might be shipping for every. the kashmir conflict where it remains forbidden would be
difficult for l.e.t. to regenerate insurgency, its members continue to integrate further into the afghan insurgency but unlike the taliban, doesn't have a major constituent be in afghanistan. the death could create space for a political solution in its outcome of l.e.t. may find it up and act evoked in front for the first time in two decades. this will impact behavior and group cohesion and may lead some to seek other opportunities, particularly terrorist attacks against india, pakistan or the u.s. however, might provide others to demobilize. if i may, a few brief recommendations that offers this event to l.e.t. that being said, fully dismantling the group must be a gradual process in order to avoid a backlash and will require a paradigm shift is in the army and the isi and one in india-pakistan relations. first, actions necessary for a global take donatelli t. continue to pursue counterterrorism cooperation for
support to india and bangladesh and increase with nepal, sri lanka were l.e.t. networks are expanding. they must press for intelligence vis-à-vis allies in the polls. second, with regard to pakistan specifically. in the near-term, continue to signal severe repercussions that would result for l.e.t. or elements within it be involved in an attack on american interests and continue to press pakistan for intelligence regarding international networks and begin taking steps to degrade training apparatus. toward the medium term, increase focus on building pakistan's counterterrorism capacity via civilian law enforcement and intelligence agencies. and finally, prepare for the long-term, push for designing a deradicalization, demobilization program and ask for the cost, benefit and feasibility of doing
so by working with a third-party such as saudi arabia. i understand recommendations do not offer gratification get as the world witnessed sunday night persistence in preparation to pay off. thank you for inviting me to testify. i look forward to your questions. >> thank you, mr. tankel. i neglected to say you are finishing your boat. i need to give you a plug for streaming the world stage of lashkar-e-taiba, so a very learned presence here today may take one more bit of housekeeping. i ask unanimous consent that mr. marino from pennsylvania be allowed to set in advance for the hearing. without objection. thank you, mr. marino. for a final testimony, the witnesses shuja nawaz, direct or of south asia center at the
atlantic council of the united states, a native of pakistan, mr. nawaz provided a multitude of forms and is the author of the 2008 book of sorts, and the wars within. you are now recognized to summarize your testimony for five minutes. [inaudible] >> canasta jordache >> thank you, mr. chairman, ranking member by year, i am honored to speak before you on this concern to the united states, pakistan and need i say the rest of the world. i shall take a macro approach the situation in pakistan and especially to the relationship with the united states. as steve tankel has already talked of the l.e.t., not going to dwell at length on that particular organization or any
other individual organizations. but i should recognize that pakistan today is a magnet and a haven for terrorists around the globe. it has an internal conflict, with a nice society and sagging economy and an educational system that is not preparing it to you adequately for the 21st century. the killing of osama bin laden will not bolster these underlying conditions that spawn terrorism, but it is an inflection point that could help us change the relationship with pakistan perhaps for the better. as the chairman said, we must make this relationship work. i believe the issues of militancy and terrorism has to be examined both from a national and regional perspective. money can't buy you love. so throwing money at the problem is not a real solution as are
nearly $1 trillion in iraq and afghanistan have driven already. just as we do, partners around the world are looking for respect, consistency and honest he and relationships. the united states needs to think long term and not even in the short-term with those longer-term objectives in mind. in supporting autocratic military regime in the past, we ignore the needs of the people of pakistan and lead to the disenfranchisement by military elite. both the soviet and after we exited the scene, pakistan took on a deeper regional role, focusing on historical rival in india and preventing uprising across the eastern border in kashmir. these chickens came home to roost in later years as beyond warriors of this jihad outgrow controllers and widen the scope of their activities beyond kashmir to india proper and now
perhaps to europe and north america appeared meanwhile, sudden appearance of globe shaking technologies and ability to raise funds across the globe and train people allowed these groups to attract faithful warriors from the homelands of the west. the military regime that we supported in the 1980s left a legacy of the education systems are integrated learning institutions, stunted administrative machinery and relied on political engineering for manipulation to manage the policy to its liking. today we face a huge challenge inside pakistan. a democratic timebomb is ticking with the median age of about 20 years, roughly 60 million use are a population of 180 million between 16 and 25 and are largely illiterate and unemployed. they live in a state that has spawned unbridled to craddick
behavior among its leaders. while attention has been focused on the u.s.-pakistan relationship, the greatest influence on the rise of terrorism in pakistan is the lack of governance. the country faces an economic crisis due in part to global shots, but to a larger extent the ineptitude of reforms. the external shocks to the economy and policy hope create the perfect backdrop to the violent culture of terrorism in pakistan. countering the insurgency that inhabit pakistan today is the huge task for which pakistan has largely relied on military force. in the past, the army has changed his training regiment to focus on counterinsurgency, but still doesn't have relationship between counterinsurgency and counterterrorism in mind as the streaking couches explained,
that is the weakness of the system inside pakistan and also needs many tools, helicopters for mobility and attacking highly mobile modern terrain. most of all, it will make the political will to undertake these efforts, particularly inside the print job will be to. the united states much more needs to be done. mr. chairman, ranking members, members of the committee, the u.s. can and should play a role in advising and assisting pakistan in order to prevent the rise of terrorism that could attack the homeland. but i believe it's in pakistan's own interest to undertake the difficult policy changes that would allow it to focus on all terrorist groups operating inside its borders. we must insist on an honest dialogue and reward honesty with
honesty. we must follow a two-pronged policy hope and change the social economic and helping pakistan set up a broad-based counterinsurgency operation. they invested signature infrastructure projects will become a lasting reminder of u.s. assistance. the largest single potential in my view for improving pakistan's security and economy is the normalization within india, a person that's now beginning to show signs of revival. to give you an idea, increase trade between these two countries rising from about 2 billion here to between 40 and 100 linear would radically alter the lives of people on both sides of the border. it will be a more confident and secure pakistan and i might be a stable and secure pakistan's can help create a stable south asia and the stable united states. thank you.
>> thank you, mr. nawaz. i want to thank each of the members for your testimony. we are facing very difficult circumstances and that we have got some hearings, not just hearings, but we've got to attend a classified briefing at 3:00 p.m., which is now untold going to be followed by a series of those. and so in recognition of what that significant delay would mean an out of respect for time as well, i'm a lot like going to limit the questioning to myself and the ranking member for someone to take questions now and perhaps at some point in time if we have the agreement of the committee, we can follow up again on this very, very important topic with you as panelists because they think there is significant questioning that can be done.
i thank you for your preparation and i'm hoping we can do more to follow up on it. allow me for a moment to begin a few limited questions at this point in time. when we start with you, mr. kagan. he made a comment about not dealing with the talent and. am i correct in that assessment? is that something you said? >> this is not the moment to pursue a negotiated settlement for the taliban in my opinion. >> most of the analyses i've read recently seem to use just that they be a critical mass that to our ability for the united states to unwind its current military commitment to the region. it may be including the idea of finding some political solution of television and is your belief that would be an unwise strategy? >> i will keep my answers short, but it in fact very long. first of all, they're not all
that many insurgents that were actually resolved by a negotiated settlement with the armed fighting wing of the insurgency. it's not historical model in an import from the bosnia to kosovo model in forming this thinking, but those are not insurgencies. those are civil wars. so i'm not sure what the historical basis is for examples of the negotiation. in particular, what i would say now is we are changing the military situation on the ground in afghanistan dramatically this year. i believe we will begin to see changes in the political dynamic in afghanistan as well. we've just made progress -- symbolic progress if nothing else but the death of bin laden. one negotiates best at moments of strength we have not yet reached our position of greatest strength and success yet nor have the taliban which their greatest weakness.
i think we have to be very, very alert to the danger of seizing a deal prematurely it serves our own domestic concerns and so forth that will not in fact lead to stability. lastly, it's extremely important to understand the taliban, particularly for mullah omar branch does not represent afghanistan pashtuns. they do not represent the population feeling the centuries and see. they have capitalized on them. but making a deal with that leadership will not inevitably or even likely bring along with it those who are most agree to have been supporting conflict in afghanistan. i think the notion we can wrap this up with some agreement with mullah omar and some henchmen misunderstands the situation in the country at this point. >> thank you for your comments. i think quick question for you, mr. jones.
he discussed the concept of our search for all so here he and the police at one point in time we may have been in pakistan to continue to be looking for him to simultaneously open to you have for the collaboration appeared to be existing or at least to some extent the relationship that existed between l.e.t., haqqani network and some facets of pakistani leadership. now, this goes to one of the fundamental questions that we want to talk about so many various elements of what's going on in the threat, emanating from the region, but would dealing in the aftermath of the bin laden situation and we know the commitments that have been made from the pakistanis. but you identified in michio in which -- this those types of
>> thank you. i reluctantly appreciate the size limit timeline and i know we would like to have extended the questioning throughout the entire panel, but i have to conclude right now and go over to ranking member speier for her question. >> thank you. thank you for your testimony. it is very troubling because on the one hand, correct me if i'm wrong, that our presence in pakistan must remain. is that true quakes does anyone disagree with? >> i don't know speaking for myself i don't know the particular relationship and structure but in some way with pakistan. >> the american people spend over a trillion dollars in the last year in iraq and afghanistan we spent close to
$20 million in pakistan and we had to go in ourselves and i agree with the chairman. there is this elephant in the room that comes down to all the money we spend, how can we develop a relationship with the pakistani government when in fact you have what i would call an isi that is at the very least. so i guess my question to you is, where do we go from here? money alone hasn't gotten us that travis. >> if i may, the beginning of
trust has to be a close discussion with pakistani. we've been talking to the media quite a lot and we don't recognize that we talk within the government and separately with the military. so we've created or added to the dysfunctional policy by having these two dialogue. it's very critical to knowledge them together in the room. when our leadership is to pakistan or in people come from pakistan to washington. there's some benefit when we have them all in the same room together. have them understand that the
u.s. is not prepared and given the current situation in the united states, that it's not going to be possible. >> thank you. >> i will expand on them very briefly. i think it's important transparency first to knowledge at the very least countries don't do themselves as having strategic and trained. u.s. and pakistan have medium and long-term strategic interests. when honest dialogue happens, it's important to acknowledge right now pakistan perceives its strategic interests in the u.s. and so there is a disconnect. let me also say when having that
debate and dialogue and discussion that's important as well for operational regions, there's been a lot of reliance of military to military relationship and in the long-term, we need to be taking a greater step to build up civilian government in pakistan that's going to be moving away, even if the civilian government to pakistan will ultimately continue reliance on military isi is not a recipe for long-term stability. >> i think one important step is to be honest. besides a big mistake in the past several years. the united states has criticized pakistan in ways that have been unhelpful. it's also conducted obligations in afghanistan and pakistan without the knowledge that has been unhelpful. at the same time, pakistan has
to admit from the government side and the think tank side. the pakistan government has to admit that they have supported the institute. u.s. government officials need to have a trusting relationship and that honesty has not been there over the past decade. i would say both sides at this point have made mistakes, but both sides also have to admit that the mistakes are insane ways to mutually address them. we will never move forward. >> my time is up, but maybe mr. dr. kagan can. >> i think it's going to be a very long time before they trust us or we trust them given the history of our relationship.
they have persisted in south asia. one of them for a long time and the other that decimate trust that people in the region would have been nice. one is that we will always abandon them that we will always at the end of the day grew tired of the game and they'll be stuck with whatever is left there. the other since 9/11 is that we care about bin laden once we get bin laden wilco and everything else is a tool to that end. and i think we stand at a very important precipice in american policy right now because if we take action now that reinforce those beliefs, first to welcome the repercussions will not just be felt in pakistan. they will be felt in countries benefiting are going through the air of spring and felt around the world because they are very profound truths of american foreign policy.
i think even more importantly it is essential that we find ways not only to communicate our frustration to pakistan, which we do we need to do, but also communicate the fact we are not leaving whatever the thing means. that's not to say we'll have 150,000 troops forever, but it is to say we will not whatever we do repeat mistakes of the 1990s when we're worried of this struggle or thought we had one and abandoned the region and play no further valenta were attacked. it is critical we find ways to send the message we are not going to do that and to show us in many other places sending messages is much less important than what you actually do. >> well, i want to thank our witnesses for your very, very valuable testimony and again, i regret, but it is the reality of our circumstances that we have these other issues that have
come in conflict with their schedule and ask the witnesses witnesses to please respond any questions in writing if in fact there would be some that come from our members that were not able to ask questions today. i thank you for your testimony in the hearing record will remain open for 10 days. without objection, the committee standsthis is just over an hour.
consequences for the security of our people at home and abroad and for our foreign policy and putting the partnership with pakistan, military action afghanistan and the fight against terrorism across the world. i chaired a meeting to begin to address some of these issues the national security council has met this morning and i wanted to come to the house this afternoon to take the first opportunity to address these consequences directly and to answer honorable member's questions. mr. speaker, at 3 a.m. yesterday i received a call from president obama. he informed me u.s. special forces had successfully mounted a targeted operation against the compound in pakistan. osama bin laden had been killed along with four others, bin laden's son, to others linked and a female member of his family entourage.
there was a ferocious firefight and the u.s. helicopter had been destroyed but there was no loss of american life. i assure the whole house would join me in congratulating president obama and praised his skill of the american special forces to carry out this operation. it is destroyed the heart of international terrorism and a great achievement for america and all who joined in the struggle to defeat al qaeda. we should remember today in particular the brave servicemen and women from britain who've given the lives in the fight against terrorism across the world and pay tribute especially to those british forces who played their part over the last decade in the hunt for bin laden. he was the man responsible for 9/11 which was not only the hermetic killing of americans but remains to this day the largest loss of british life in any terrorist attack. he was a man who inspired further atrocities including madrid, istanbul, and of course here in london and let us
remember he was a man who posed as a leader of muslims but was actually a mass murderer of muslims all over the world. indeed he killed more muslims than people of any other faith. mr. speaker, nothing will bring back the loved ones lost command of course there is no punishment at our disposal that can remotely fits the appalling crimes which he was responsible. but i hope that at least five families there is a sense of justice being served as the long dark chapter in their lives is finally closed. as the head of a family group for the airline's flight 93 put we are raised obviously never to hope for someone's death but we are willing to make an exception in this case. he was evil and our world is a better place without hampshire. mr. speaker, britton was with america for the first day of the struggle to defeat al qaeda. the result today should be as strong as it was then.
there can be no pumas de and no safe refuge for those who kill in the name of this poisonous ideology. mr. speaker, the first focus should be on our own security. one l. bin laden is gone, the threat al qaeda remains. christa risk al qaeda and its affiliates in places like yemen all to demonstrate your able to operate effectively. and of course there's always the risk of a radicalized individual acting alone for the so-called loan wolf attack. so we must be more vigilant than ever and maintain that vigilance for some time to come. the terrorist threat in the u.k. is already as severe which is as high as it can go without intelligence of a specific threat. we will keep that under review working closely with the intelligence agencies and the police. in terms of people traveling overseas we've updated or a device and encourage british nationals to monitor the media carefully for local reactions to remain vigilant to exercise
caution in public places and avoid demonstrations. and we ordered embassies across the world to review the security. mr. speaker, let me turn next to pakistan. the fact the bin laden was living in a large house in a populated area suggests he must have had an extensive support network in pakistan. we don't currently know the extent of the network, so it's right that we ask searching questions about it and we will. but let us start with what we do know. pakistan has suffered more from terrorism than any other country in the world. as with president zardari and prime minister john mauney said when i spoke to them yesterday as many as 30,000 innocent civilians were killed in pakistan and more pakistani soldiers and security forces have died fighting extremism of the international forces killed in afghanistan. osama bin laden was an enemy of pakistan. he had declared war against the pakistani people and ordered attacks against.
president obama said in his statement, and i quote colin counterterrorism cooperation with pakistan helped the leaders of bin laden and compound where he was hiding. continued cooperation will be just as important in the days ahead. mr. speaker, i believe it is in britain's national interest to recognize that with pakistan, we share the same struggle against terrorism. that is why we will continue to work with our pakistani counterparts on intelligence gathering, strengthening plots and taking action to stop them. it's why we will continue to honor our aid policies including support for the education as a critical way of helping the next generation of pakistanis turn their back on extremism. but above all, it is why we are one of the founding members of the friends of democratic pakistan because i believe it is by working with the democrats in that country we can make sure the whole country shares the same determination to fight terror and terrorism. mr. speaker i also spoke yesterday to president karzai in
afghanistan. we agreed the death of bin laden provides a new opportunity for afghanistan and pakistan to work together in order to achieve stability on both sides of the border. our strategy towards afghanistan is straightforward and hasn't changed. we are capable of looking after its own security without the help of foreign forces. we should take this opportunity to send a clear message now is the time to separate themselves from al qaeda and to participate in a peaceful political process. mr. speaker, then let the myth of the mud and was lost during the risking his life for the cause as he moved around in the hills and the trouble areas. the reality was different. the man encouraged others to make the ultimate sacrifice while he himself had in the comfort of a large expensive vila experiencing none of the harsher he expected supporter